Notes: The third generation Durango is plagued by a defective TIPM, particularily in the 2011 and 2012 model years.

TIPM, which stands for Totally Integrated Power Modules, is responsible for controlling and distributing power to all the vehicle’s electrical functions. So when your TIPM goes haywire, bad things start happening. Things like your water pump can stop working, your engine can stall out and your airbags can randomly deploy.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 24
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,314 miles

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2011 Dodge Durango electrical problems

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2011 Dodge Durango Owner Comments (Page 1 of 17)

problem #328

Dec 232016


  • 94,000 miles


Check engine light came on when customer went to start vehicle made a tipping noise when wipers turned on themselves. Drained first battery (indicator warning lights concern). Tipm shorted internal to asd relay power PCM shorted on grounded side to tipm.

- New Caney, TX, USA

problem #327

Nov 092016


  • 138,500 miles
Wife was driving and battery light turns on after few miles she stops on my daughter work ( ghirardelli warehouse in lathrop California ) she called me saying that vehicle was smoking, she and my youngest doughter got out of the vehicle, the alternator was burning, when it was checked also the batery was damage and the fuse box, I asked manteca ca Chrysler dealer and they said that the can't do anything than repair the vehicle in my own cost becouse there is not a recall for this vehicle but I know that this happen alrady in others Dodge Durangos thats why im writing this complain. My vehicle Dodge Durango crew all AWD 2011.

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #326

Dec 152016


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. Shortly after the vehicle was repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 14V530000 (electrical system), the vehicle stalled more than once. The contact was uncertain if the remedy from the recall caused a failure. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000.

- Dayton, TN, USA

problem #325

Dec 162016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 30 mph, the headlights flickered rapidly and the instrument panel illuminated. In addition, the power seized. The vehicle restarted after several attempts. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V634000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were unknown.

- Boonton, NJ, USA

problem #324

Sep 162016


  • 104,295 miles
While driving on the highway at 50mph all interior lights started flashing and the heating system turned on unexpectedly. Approximately 1 minute later the car shut off completely. I lost power steering and brakes. I was able to coast the vehicle to a turn lane where the battery completely died so I was not able to turn on my hazard lights. Several vehicles almost collided with my vehicle while I waited for a tow truck. I was towed to the dealer where it was found that my 180 amp alternator (not covered under the other alternator recall) failed which damaged the serpentine belt, idler, and tensioner pulleys, battery, and PCM. All these components needed to be replaced which added up to $2400.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #323

Dec 092016


  • 87,000 miles
This is the 3rd time since August 2016- so 3 to 4 months timeframe- my Dodge Durango has died on me while driving. This means a complete loss of steering, lights, power, the vehicle is completely dead. This is a safety issue. I can barely make it to the side of the road without crashing. An investigation needs to be opened up regarding this. They have recalls against the alternator but are not honoring them.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #322

Dec 042016


  • 130,000 miles


Vehicle has had campaign 14V530000 (and all other recalls and powertrain tsb's) performed. While driving on highways and rural roads, engine shuts off abruptly, causing loss of steering assist and only a couple brake actuations before brake assist is lost (occurred before tipm campaign, still shuts off after campaign). Typically occurs during coasting or mild braking when preparing to enter a turn (does not matter if right or left turn). No "check engine, " alternator, or other warning lights appear on the dash (as they would if the engine stalled) -- it is as if ignition switch were immediately turned off. Occasionally when engine shuts off, the instrument cluster gives a forward collision warning disabled warning (but the fcw does not beep, alert, signal, etc. Before the engine shuts off, and there was no obstacle to set off or block the fcw). Since engine seems to shut off, there are no codes active or stored after the engine shuts off. Repeated trips to dealership, and they can not diagnose, or cause the issue to occur.

- Flemington, NJ, USA

problem #321

Dec 012016


  • 88,000 miles
Takata recall Thursday I was on my way to work and why I was driving my Durango the battery light came on and everything kept blinking and mess up. Why I was on the highway the truck automatic shut down. I thought it was my battery so 4 people gave a jump. The cables wires start burning melting off. It happen four times. I almost lost my life on the highway. Now they trying to make me come out of pocket for something the factories mess up on. I don't thinks this is fare. The Dodge Durango is dangers. I love the truck but I wouldn't purchase it if I knew it was going to give me problems or kill

- East St. Louis, IL, USA

problem #320

Nov 302016


  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. While the vehicle was parked, the front passenger side of the vehicle caught fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. A police and fire report were filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V879000 (electrical system, interior lighting). The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Gorton, CT, USA

problem #319

May 252016


  • 70,000 miles
My car stalled while driving a couple times. Took it to the shop and found out it was the alternator. I had to have it replaced.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #318

Nov 012016


  • 100,000 miles


On no 1, 2016 when I was going at work, I was driving on West park hwy (houston, tx), and suddenly my car stopped working in the middle of the road, all the system has stopped working, and the front car started smoking (burn, & fire). And I survived by the grace of god. I call the towing services so as to move the car from the hwy to my house. And I can't really tell you what exactly happened. But the constancy is, my car is not drivable until now. And my insurance company sent some expert so as to assess the risk, and they told me what happened is the defect of the constructor (Chrysler group llc), because there are more than 300 hundred cases of complaints similar with my explanations. And from this day to now, I am traumatized by this incident. It is the reason that I am writing to you so as to solve this hazard or main issue. And actually my car is parked at home (15770 bellaire blvd, #2107, houston, TX77083). My insurance claim number is: State farm: 53-0079-5S5. N.B.: I also attached the towing receipt issued by the towing services.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #317

Nov 032016


  • 75,682 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Durango. While driving, the contact observed an abnormal odor coming from the vehicle and the check engine and battery indicators illuminated. It was diagnosed that the alternator and battery failed. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V634000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,682.

- Windsor, CA, USA

problem #316

Sep 302016


  • 90,000 miles
Alternator caught fire, stalled engine, and destroyed the computer chip, but manufacturer said it was not there fault.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #315

Nov 052016


  • 85,000 miles
We were driving down the highway and our battery light turned on I immediately exited and since the dealer I purchased it at was just about a mile away I drove it there as soon as we hit the corner about a block from the dealer my dash started flashing my seat belt warning lights started flashing radio display went out park assist went out windshield wipers came on ac started blowing hot air the dealer said it was my alternator and battery paid 1500 to get it fixed drove it home and 2 hours later went to run some errands and had the same exact problems happened except this time it completely shut down power steering good thing I wasn't on a busy street or it could of been pretty bad had to get my car towed home since dealer was closed now Monday morning service department sent a tow truck for my vehicle let's see how much this costs me now

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #314

Aug 152016

Durango 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
While driving, I experienced a sudden loss of electrical power. I had the car towed to a Dodge dealership where after more than a week I was told that my alternator failed and could not hold a charge, which caused my battery and other components to fail. I discovered that there was a 2011 Dodge Durango recall (# P60 / NHTSA 14V-634) dealing with a sudden loss of power to the alternator. Although, this recall seems to match my vehicle description and problem, I was told by the Chrysler company and the dealership that my VIN number does not match the recall list and there must be no relation. It seems to me that my car's problems matched the recall exactly and based on that recall I should be reimbursed the $2,000 spent on repairs.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #313

Oct 262016


  • 80,000 miles
Safety issue on my 2011 Dodge Durango. While driving home after work late one night, the Durango started acting up like it was possessed. The lights would go on and off, the wipers went on and wouldn't shut off, seats went back and forth while driving!, radio, heat, ac. I was in traffic and finally managed to move over to a secure location out of harms way no sooner did I pull off the side of the road then the Dodge completely died. I had to coast down a hill. Tried to turn it over and nothing. No lights no radio no nothing. It was dead. Had to have it towed to the dealership. The dealer claimed it was the battery, installed a new one and sent me on my way. Fast forward to less than 2 weeks later- same problem. Driving to drop off my 5 year old and it starts acting up again completely possessed. How is this safe? I made it to work with it going crazy. At lunch, I went to start it and check it out. Dead. Brand new battery dead. 400 bucks down the drain- when that wasn't the problem. Not to mention the 200 bucks to tow. I brought it to a little shop around the corner and they couldn't find the problem and towed it back to the dealer. And there it sits. No one can figure out what is wrong with it over there. It is really pathetic. So now add'L tow charges-$200, no vehicle to get back and forth to work and child's stroke therapists, and had to break down and pay for a rental. What a joke thanks Dodge. They are well aware of the tipm issues and refuse to recall any of their vehicles. This is a huge huge safety issue. Everything just dies.. the engine the brakes don't work nothing.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #312

Oct 132016


  • 80,000 miles
There is a known recall for the 2011 Dodge Durango with the 160 amp alternator. We have a 180 amp alternator and experienced the exact same problems as the recalled 160 amp. Our vehicle caught fire after a short drive. Chrysler refuses to include the 180 amp alternator into the existing recall. A short internet search will reveal countless other victims.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #311

Oct 152016


  • 72,000 miles
Upon starting my 2011 Dodge Durango I noticed a whining noise coming from my engine. Drove around the parking lot for another for a minute to see if the noise would stop, I parked the car turned it off and started it again the noise was still there. I drove the car towards my home, the noise stopped about 5 minutes later the battery light came on. I took the car to the nearest auto store for them to test the battery. Upon opening the hood of my car smoke came pouring out with an awful burning smell. I was advised that I was not to drive my car that it was cause more damage due to the alternator being very hot to the touch and smoking. My vehicle was fixed, the problem was the alternator, my vehicle has 72,000 miles. This is the 4th major issue with my vehicle.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #310

Oct 252016

Durango 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
While driving on the NJ turnpike aprox 75mph 10/25/2016 the battery light came on. SUV begin to lose power and tachometer was revving high. Made it to my local tire shop upon pulling there was smoke coming from under the hood. The alternator blew up and a small fire started. Upon replacing the alternator the SUV still will not start.

- Swedesboro, NJ, USA

problem #309

Oct 212016


  • 59,000 miles
I was at the mall pulled into parking lot smelled a burning smell so I turned off engine and opened hood smoke started coming out no fire though tried to start vehicle again car completely dead. So had car towed of course was in parking structure and structure was so small no tow truck could fit inside so had to call a mobile mechanic to come out and he bypassed something to get car started drove car to outside parking lot so car could be towed. Mechanic said alternator and battery fried. So replaced them. Come to find out that PCM was also fried so need new brain for car! looked on website Dodge/cryseler have recall on guessed it not on my vehicle though!! there is a recall on 2011 Dodge Durango alternators but not on mine yet my alternator goes out for no apparent reason!! ridiculous

- Lakewood, CA, USA

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